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Embezzlement in Ukraine's army: Senior prosecutor of anti-graft body suspended

Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office head Kholodnytsky claimed readiness to cooperate with the State Investigation Bureau
19:44, 13 March 2019

Nazar Kholodnytsky, SAPO head
General Prosecutor's Office

The Head of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAP) Nazar Kholodnytsky stated that he has suspended Senior Prosecutor from management in the case on corruption schemes in the defense sector.

He said that during the session of the Temporary Investigation Commission, broadcasted by 112 Ukraine.

“I decided to suspend Senior Prosecutor of the prosecutors’ group from carrying out the procedural control; they basically failed the procedural control over the investigation,” he said.

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He stated that in March 2016, National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU) started an investigation of alleged violation at Kharkiv armored plant. According to Kholodnytsky, then the specialized prosecutors have found out about the activity of OptimumSpetsDetal straw company, used for the embezzlement in the defense sphere.

Over half a year the case has been investigated rather fast. In April, another investigator received the case and continued gathering documents.

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Starting from September 2016, the investigation was suspended. For some reasons, there was no investigator, it was even proposed to pass the case to the police. In October 2017, a session on this case was held, SAP prosecutors issued instructions. According to Kholodnytsky, the instructions are being implemented.

In conclusion, he claimed readiness to cooperate with the State Investigation Bureau.

“I stress that if there is a proceeding in State Investigation Bureau, we are ready to cooperate with the investigators for truth seeking on this case,” SAP Head stated.

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February 25, journalist investigations Bihus.Info, Nashi Hroshi program alleged that Igor Gladkovsky, the son of close Poroshenko ally Oleh Gladkovsky, deputy secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, organized a corruption scheme to smuggle spare military-equipment parts from Russia in 2015. State defense facilities purchased the smuggled spare parts from private companies linked to Hladkovsky and his friends at highly inflated prices. Ukroboronprom state concern, which supervises defense industry production facilities, knew the origin of the smuggled parts but agreed to purchase them.

Igor Gladkovsky, along with Vitaliy Zhukov (former advisor of “Ukroboronprom” Director, the member of supervisory council of “Meridian” company till 2013, former assistant of Yuriy Tereshchenko, ex-Head of State Service of export control, Oleg Gladkovsky’s friend, - ed.) and Andriy Rogoza (CEO of “Inter Steel Ltd.”, - ed.) were supplying smuggled Russian components and components from the Ukrainian military units through straw companies at prices 2-4 times higher than market ones.

Related: Ukroboronprom asks not to make defense industry topic 'political'

On March 4, President Petro Poroshenko dismissed Oleh Gladkovsky, deputy secretary of the National Security and Defense Council from his post.

As it was reported earlier, the investigators of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau and Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office detained the acting and former directors of the State Foreign Trade Enterprise SpetsTechnoExport on suspicion of embezzling $2,225 million, according to NABU.

The searches took place at the offices and houses of the Ukroboronprom officials on March 7.

Related: Ukroboronprom's international audit to be conducted by end of year, - Poroshenko

Besides, the NABU has registered a new criminal proceeding after the third video on the embezzlement in the purchase in the defense sector was published by the journalists.

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